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Bookmark and Share Who on Two

6/30/2007 09:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Two Doctor Who stars have been making appearances on BBC Radio Two.

Freema Aygeman was the guest on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Friday.

The programme will be available for the next six days via the BBC's listen again feature. The interview starts about 1 hour 27 minutes into the programme.

On Saturday morning Mark Gatiss was a guest on Jonathan Ross.

This programme can be heard for the next seven days via the listen again feature. Mark Gatiss appears about 47 minutes into the programme.

Bookmark and Share Friday Ratings

6/30/2007 09:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who had a strong performance on Friday night with unofficial figures showing that 0.55 million watched the BBC3 repeat of Episode twelve,The Sound of Drums, a 3.3% share of the audience.

This was the highest rating the programme has received in this time slot and was enough to make the programme the second most watched multichannel programme for the day.

The earlier repeat of Episode Eleven, Utopia had 0.32 million viewers, a 2.1% share of the audience.

Doctor Who Confidential also did well with 0.33 million watching at 8.45pm and 0.43 million watching at 9.45pm, enough to make this showing the 8th most watched multichannel programme of the day.

Bookmark and Share Finale Cast Developments, Christmas Update - Spoilers

6/30/2007 09:38:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

June 30, 2007 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Tonight's broadcast of Last of the Time Lords, the third season finale of Doctor Who on BBC1, was telecast at 51 minutes long -- the longest episode of the series since its 2005 revival -- and brought with it some of its own headline news items, including major cast developments. Though much of this information will likely be in the mainstream press within the next day or two, we've protected the most important Doctor Who related updates below in the spoiler tags; click on it for details.
Confirming the essence of a story first reported several weeks ago in the Sun, Freema Agyeman left Doctor Who as a series regular at the end of this episode, choosing to remain behind with her family in present-day England. Agyeman's most recent denial in "Radio Times" stated that she was notsacked from the series, contrary to the Sun report; however, as Outpost Gallifrey and other sites have reported, the news did not deny that Agyeman was leaving as a series regular (nor that she was not remaining by her own choice). The end of "Last of the Time Lords" suggests that we will see Martha again, as she gives her mobile phone to the Doctor (David Tennant), likely as a guest star next series; press reports from the Mirror this past week indicate that the fourth series of Doctor Who will see a new companion next year, with Martha making an occasional appearance. (At the time of the Mirror report, "Last of the Time Lords" had not yet aired, and while the article mentions she "won't be in every episode next year, but will appear in the occasional episode for both Doctor Who and Torchwood," it is likely that this was a bit of obfuscation of the as-yet-unannounced departure.)

UPDATE: Russell T Davies has promised on tonight's Confidential that there will be news soon (a possible press release early next week) about Freema's future with the programme, likely as a guest character or recurring (like John Barrowman this series).

John Barrowman also departs from Doctor Who again, as Captain Jack Harkness returns to his base of operations in Cardiff for the second series of "Torchwood" to be aired later this year.

John Simm will (obviously, from the story) not be returning as the Master in subsequent episodes; however, the theft of his ring by a woman (perhaps Lucy Saxon but possibly someone else entirely) indicates that the Master will perhaps be back in next year's episodes.

Meanwhile, the upcoming 2007 Christmas special will be entitled Voyage of the Damned and has something to do with the voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, judging from the name of the vessel on the life ring found within the TARDIS in the close of today's episode (not to mention, the ship's hull through the walls of the console room!) There is no word as yet as to who will join David Tennant for the episode, although there has been much media speculation about singer Kylie Minogue (we're not sure yet if these are real or simply press hype.)

Bookmark and Share Eight Minutes More

6/29/2007 09:40:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


June 29, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
FreemaAygeman.com is reporting that finale episode Last of the Time Lords will be twenty percent longer than the other episodes. This episode will time in at 51 minutes, while the others were 43 minutes long.

Bookmark and Share TV Guide picks top cult series

6/29/2007 06:54:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 29, 2007 • Posted By Brigadier Bill
The American listings magazine TV GUIDE has named its top 30 Cult TV series of all time. Doctor Who comes in at number 22 after Freaks and Geeks and before the original Dark Shadows. For the full list go to
TV GUIDE.

Bookmark and Share Season Four TARDIS developments

6/29/2007 06:54:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster


June 29, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
The Mirror this morning reports on some changes in store for the TARDIS crew during the course of next year - if correct the article contains a number of spoilers!

The article also ends with a comment from "Beeb's drama supremo" Jane Tranter: "One thing is certain, Doctor Who will be around on BBC1 for years to come."

Details are below, and you can read the full article at the Mirror's website - do so at your peril!
According to the Mirror article, there will be a new companion in the TARDIS from next year: "A show insider reveals: 'Martha will still be in Doctor Who, but her relationship with the doctor will have changed. The truth is that she loves him but he doesn't feel the same way. She is going to have to share him because he'll be getting a different sidekick. And this is a major addition to the cast.'"

The article goes on to mention that Martha won't be in every episode next year, but will appear in the occasional episode for both Doctor Who andTorchwood. The item also repeats previous reports that singer Kylie Minoguewill be the (only) companion in this year's Christmas Special.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Update

6/29/2007 06:53:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

June 29, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish Productions has announced some of their upcoming releases.

There will be four more installments of the popular Companion Chronicles series, as was previously reported by Outpost Gallifrey. The series will include:

Mother Russia by Marc Platt features the 1st Doctor and Steven read by Peter Purves
Helicon Prime by Jack Elliott features the 2nd Doctor and Jamie read by Frazer Hines
Old Soldiers by James Swallow featuring the 3rd Doctor and the Brigadier read by Nicholas Courtney
The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs featuring the 4th Doctor and Leela read by Louise Jameson

Also announced are the titles of the second series of adventures for the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller.

Grand Theft Cosmos by Eddie Robson
Title TBA by Paul Magrs
The Skull of Sobek by Marc Platt
Max Warp by Jonathan Morris
Title TBC by Jonathan Clements
Kidnapped (Part 1) and Vengeance (Part 2) by Nick Briggs

Doctor Who Magazine also confirmed some cast changes that are coming at the end of the year, please click on theSPOILER tag below for more information.

Bookmark and Share Utopia - Final Ratings

6/29/2007 06:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final official ratings released by BARB show that Episode Eleven,Utopia was watched by 7.84 million viewers.

It was the 4th most watched programme on BBC1 for the week and the 14th most watched on all UK Television. On Saturday night it was beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent which dominated the top twenty.

On Multichannel Television, the Sunday repeat got 0.82 millionviewers and was the 4th most watched programme of the week.

Saturdays Doctor Who Confidential was eighth in the list with0.74 millionviewers, with the Sunday repeat getting 0.46 million and coming in at 32nd in the list.
Top Twenty Programmes (w/e 17 June 2007)

1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2000) - 11.58 - ITV1
2 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2206) - 11.45 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 10.10 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 9.70 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.64 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1933) - 9.44 - ITV1
7 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 1946) - 9.29 - ITV1
8 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (FRI 2100) - 9.28 - ITV1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1932) - 8.68 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 8.44 - BBC1
11 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.40 - BBC1
12 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (THU 2102) - 8.36 - ITV1
13 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 8.07 - ITV1
14 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1914) - 7.84 - BBC1
15 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (WED 2103) - 7.51 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (WED 1858) - 7.42 - ITV1
17 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (TUE 2105) - 7.39 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 7.34 - ITV1
19 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (MON 2100) - 7.28 - ITV1
20 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.09 - BBC1

Top Twenty Multichannel

1 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 952,000 - BBC3
2 F1: QUALIFYING (Sat 1731) 861,000 - ITV4
3 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 828,000 - Five Life
4 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 820,000 - BBC3
5 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Wed 2229) 799,000 - ITV2
6 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 760,000 - Five Life
7 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 742,000 - Five Life
8 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 2002) 737,000 - BBC3
9 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 693,000 - E4 In
10 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 685,000 - Five Life
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 669,000 - Five Life
12 EUROPEAN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP (Thu 1923) 654,000 - Sky Sports
13 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sun 2235) 652,000 - ITV2
14 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1831) 643,000 - Sky 1
15 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Tue 2229) 612,000 - ITV2
16 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2101) 609,000 ITV2
17 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 598,000 E4 In
18 FILM: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (Sat 2147) 577,000 BBC3
19 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Thu 2230) 575,000 ITV2
20 60 SECONDS (Sun 1959) 558,000 BBC3

Source: BARB

Bookmark and Share DW And Torchwood Help Boost BBC Profits

6/28/2007 06:56:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 28, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Overseas sales of Doctor Who and Torchwood have helped give BBC Worldwide record profits.

The corporation said today that its commercial arm enjoyed record pre-tax profits of 111.1m pounds - a rise of 24 per cent on 89.4m pounds.

A report by BBC News says total sales to March 31 rose from 785.1m pounds to 810.4m.

It adds that Doctor Who and Torchwood were among the notable success stories.

The story is illustrated with a still from The Runaway Bride, with the caption saying more than 1.9 million Doctor Who DVDs have been sold across the globe.

However, losses from digital media widened from 1.6m to 3.9m.

Income from the sale of BBC content and its other commercial ventures goes back into programme-making.

Also reported by Media Guardian (free registration may be required) andDigital Spy.

According to reports, Series Two of Doctor Who and the BBC's revival of Robin Hood, which co-stars Sam Troughton, grandson of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, were two of the best-selling programmes.

Meanwhile, the Independent published an article on Sunday which examined the budget issues the BBC is facing after an expected 2bn pound deficit from the licence fee. Entitled "Who will be exterminated as the Beeb slices back?", the item mentions that Director General, Mark Thompson is resisting across-the-board cuts but could be overidden by the BBC Trust.

The trust has been presented with a number of options for the future, which include "cutting entire services, making thousands more staff redundant, slashing expenditure on lowbrow daytime television shows and slicing budgets across the corporation.

"Headline proposals include merging the six and 10 o'clock news on BBC 1 with the rolling news channel BBC News 24, and making fewer hours of original dramas like Dr Who, Torchwood and Hustle."

FOOTNOTE: The chief executive of BBC Worldwide is called John Smith . . .

(Additional reporting by Chuck Foster)

Bookmark and Share Canada: Doctor Who pre-empted July 2nd, Gridlock delayed one week

6/28/2007 06:55:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran


June 28, 2007 • Posted By Mike Doran
On Monday July 2nd Doctor Who will be pre-empted by the CBC.

The schedule change is due to the network-wide broadcast from Edmonton of a live match from the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament is being hosted by Canada.

New Doctor Who will return on Monday July 9th with Gridlock.

Bookmark and Share John Barrowman on GMTV

6/27/2007 06:57:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 27, 2007 • Posted By Peter Weaver
John Barrowman will be a guest on GMTV, appearing "live from the set of Doctor Who", broadcast on ITV1, Friday 29th June 2007. Barrowman is listed in the Entertainment Today segment (starting 8.35am and ending 9.25am).
(GMTV's website).

Bookmark and Share Australian media coverage

6/27/2007 06:56:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk


June 27, 2007 • Posted By Adam Kirk
In the run-up to The Runaway Bride's Australian debut tonight on theAustralian Broadcasting Corporation(Thursday June 28, 8.35pm), the Australian media have had a number of features on Doctor Who. The Sydney Morning Herald has a Michael Idato interview with David Tennant as does the Brisbane Courier-Mail. In the Courier-Mail interview, which includes audio, there is mention of Tennant having a breakfast meeting with the BBC Head of Drama.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph also has an interview with Tennant, where he says that his 'childhood love for Who stems from a childhood adulation of superheroes.' Their TV guide describes the Runaway Bride as 'a monumental Who adventure that barely takes its foot off the pedal.'

The SMH's online TV guide also previews the Runaway Bride while Robin Oliver describes the Christmas Special as 'a clarion call for series three'.

Torchwood has also been receiving plenty of attention from the Australian press.Ruth Ritchie of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews the show and the Daily Telegraph interviews John Barrowman. The Telegraph's latest TV guide also says: 'Torchwood - if given the right promotion by its network - should prove a stable hit. Fun viewing for time travellers and mere mortals alike.'

Channel Ten also mentions the ratings success of the show's debut in its weekly press release. Channel Ten's Torchwood website is also featuring online episodes of Torchwood Declassified.

Ratings update 29 June 2007: According to the SMH's Tribal Mind the Runaway Bride rated 846,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was beaten by Channel Nine's RPA: Where Are They Now? and Channel Ten's Law & Order: SVU in the 8.30pm timeslot.

Meanwhile, Crikey TV commentator, Glenn Dyer, has described the Runaway Bride as 'entertaining and good TV. 846,000 viewers agreed with me . . . [I]t was one of the best bits of TV this year for me.'

Bookmark and Share Freema Agyeman on Richard and Judy

6/26/2007 06:58:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster


June 26, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
Freema Agyeman will be a guest on this afternoon's edition of Richard and Judy, broadcast on Channel 4 from 5:00pm. Says the show writeup: "This Saturday the season finale of Doctor Who, Last of the Timelords hits our screens, full of plenty of thrills and action for Doctor Who fans everywhere. Winning over critics and fans alike as Doctor Who's sexy assistant Martha Jones, actress Freema Agyeman is one of TV's newest and brightest stars. She joins Richard and Judy on the sofa to talk about the latest series and her plans for the future."

Channel 4 Richard and Judy link (for current day's show only)

Bookmark and Share Radio Times Covers

6/26/2007 06:58:00 pm - Reported by Kenny Davidson


June 26, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Radio Times, on sale Tuesday 26th, features two collectors edition covers promoting the season finale of Doctor Who. Click on the previews below for larger views of the two covers.

The third preview is the one picture formed when the covers are placed side by side, and this print is available to purchase from the Science and Society Picture Library.

The new issue of the magazine visits the set of Doctor Who for the series finale in the company of Freema Agyeman. It includes behind the scenes pictures and comments from Freema and hints from Russell T Davies on the plot. ("The final episode [Last of the Time Lords] is a massive quest, it’s very stirring, and there are some very dark moments in amongst the fun.")

Bookmark and Share Paul McGann interview

6/26/2007 06:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has given an interview to BBC News Online.

In it he mentions Doctor Who, his initial reluctance to take the part, what won him over, and that kiss.

Thanks to Ian Kildin

Bookmark and Share Sound of Drums - AI Figure and Sunday Repeat

6/25/2007 07:14:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode 12, The Sound of Drums, achieved an Appreciation Index score of87, way ahead of any other programme on the five main channels on Saturday and the joint highest AI figure of the week.

The second highest placing on BBC1 was Jekyll which got 83 and on ITV1 the highest place went to Parkinson with 79. Of the remaining three channelsCSI:NY scored highest with 85.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat got an audience of 1.01 millionviewers, which was a5.2% share. The programme was once more the most watched multichannel programme of the day, beating The Simpsons on Sky One.

Also on BBC3, last Sundays repeat of Utopia scored an AI of 88 and SaurdaysDoctor Who Confidential scored 85.

With overnight ratings for Sunday now available, Doctor Who is the 11th most watched programme of the week. There is a slim possibility of a top ten place when official final figures are released by BARB in about nine days time.

Bookmark and Share Last Of The Time Lords Trailer

6/25/2007 07:13:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 25, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The full trailer for Last Of The Time Lords, which aired on BBC TV yesterday, is now available to view on the official programme website.

The climax to Series Three will be shown on BBC1 this coming Saturday at 7.05pm.

Bookmark and Share Who is the Greatest Doctor Who?

6/25/2007 07:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster


June 25, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
The UK digital channel UKTV Drama will be running a special Doctor Who weekend on the 14th-15th July, and as a part of the proceedings fans will be able to vote for their favourite Doctor in an online poll.

The vote can be made from the UKTV Drama website between 29th Junethrough to 13th July.

Bookmark and Share Canada: The Shakespeare Code on CBC and in Metro

6/25/2007 07:12:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran


June 25, 2007 • Posted By Mike Doran
The Shakespeare Code airs tonight, Monday June 25th, 2007 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland). The episode has received a Critics' Corner recommendation in freebie newspaper Metro. Metro publishes editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton but not all cities are recommending Doctor Who tonight. The Doctor Who mention can be found on different pages in different cities or can be read online at the Metro website.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane comes to DVD

6/25/2007 07:12:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


June 25, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Shop has announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane is due to be released on Region 2 DVD in the UK on October 29th.
Sarah Jane Smith is a truly remarkable woman. She inhabits a world of mystery, danger and wonder. A world where aliens are commonplace and the Earth is constantly under threat. A world that Maria Jackson - a seemingly ordinary girl - can only dream of until she moves in next door. Nothing will ever be ordinary again. In the first adventure, there's a new drink taking the world by storm - Bubbleshock! Everyone's drinking it. When Maria's dragged along to the factory tour by her new friend, Kelsey - a girl with an opinion on everything - she's plunged into the sinister world of Bubbleshock and the mysterious Mrs Wormwood. There's something terrible behind the hype - something Sarah Jane's interested in too...

The Sarah Jane Adventures are thrilling stories for children. Big adventures, superb effects, wicked comedy.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Podshock 86

6/25/2007 07:11:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


June 25, 2007 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Episode 86 of Doctor Who: Podshock is now available.
"He's got control of everything."
Note: This episode was recorded LIVE on the net on the 24th of June 2007. The audio quality is not to our usual standards due to how this special live over the net episode was recorded. This podcast is going out as it was recorded without any post production work applied to it in order to expedite our podcasts and catch up with the BBC transmissions. Warning: this podcast reviews the twelfth episode of the 2007 series "The Sound of Drums", and may contain spoilers. If you have not seen this episode yet, you may want to save this podcast episode until you have seen it.
Outpost Gallifrey Presents:

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 86
For the Week of the 25th of June 2007. Recorded LIVE on the net

Running Time: 1:54:09
Live Roundtable Episode Review of "The Sound of Drums", featuring our regular contributors Darth SkepticalTaras HnatyshynJoey Reynolds(host of American Who) and West Hubbard (host of the CIApodcast) with live listener feedback. Hosted by Louis Trapani, and Ken Deep. Recorded live on the net via TalkShoeon Sunday, 24th of June 2007. Note: This is a "Rough, Ready, and Raw" version -- this podcast episode is going out as it was recorded, with no post production work...
Brought to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and presented by Outpost Gallifrey.
Since there was no post production work applied to this episode, there is noEnhanced Podcast AAC version of this episode. Our Enhanced Podcast versions will return with our regular format 'studio' recorded podcasts.
Doctor Who: Podshock features the latest Doctor Who news and discussions from both US and UK perspectives. Hosted by Ken Deep and Louis Trapani in the US and James Naughton in the UK, with segments by correspondents in Australia and Canada. Presented by Outpost Gallifrey and brought to you byThe Gallifreyan Embassy.
Below is the link to the MP3 format version of the podcast. There is no Enhanced Podcast format of episode 86 ofDoctor Who: Podshock since it did not go through post production.
-> Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 86 (MP3 format, 45.9 MB)
If you are subscribing to our podcast via one of the feeds, you will get it automatically. If not, you can also grab it manually using the link above.

Bookmark and Share Week Thirteen - 7.05pm start

6/24/2007 07:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Season Three of Doctor Who comes to a close in the UK next Saturday with episode thirteen, Last of the Time Lords, being broadcast at the slightly earlier time of 7.05pm.

The programme is preceded by a repeat of The Weakest Link: Dr Who Special, which was originally seen on the day before the season premier. The programme pits Doctor Who stars, including David Tennant, John Barrowman, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, K9 and Tracy-Anne Oberman, against Anne Robinson.

Following Doctor Who, BBC One viewers can see The National Lottery Drawsand Casualty.

ITV1 puts the feature film The Mummy up against the Doctor. The 1999 film stars Brendan Fraser,Rachel Weisz and John Hannah in a fantasy adventure about the search for buried treasure protected by an ancient mummy's curse.

Sports fans are catered for by BBC Two with tennis from south west London inWimbledon 2007. Weather permitting, it is the 3rd round in the men's and women's singles.

Channel 4 has a look at The 100 Greatest War Films. The first half of a two-part show counting down the 100 Greatest War Films of all time as voted for by the British public. Highlights include Platoon, Schindler's List and The Deer Hunter.

Channel 5 goes royal with William and Harry: The Interview. It is an interview given to Matt Lauer of the US network NBC, in which Prince William and Prince Harry give a unique insight into their lives.

NB: BBC Two will be showing the complete animated adventure Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest, originally shown as part of the Totally Doctor Whoseries, at 10.30am on Saturday morning. The Doctor and Martha follow a trail of clues across alien worlds to find the location of a legendary lost spaceship.

Doctor Who Confidential is on BBC3 at 7.55pm.

Bookmark and Share Sound of Drums - Overnight Ratings

6/24/2007 07:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Unofficial overnight figures show that episode twelve, The Sound of Drums, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, a38.2% share of the total television audience.

The programme was back on top of the charts as the most watched propgramme of the day, both by audience and share, with over a million viewers more thanCasualty. It beat its direct opposition on ITV1, the premier of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, getting more than double the film's audience.

With just Sunday's ratings to come, Doctor Who is currently the 9th most watched programme of the week, holding out the possibility of a top ten final place.

The children's audience was 1.2 million which was a 49.7%share of the 4-15 year olds watching television.

On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.88 million making it the by far the most watched programme on multichannel television. The share was 5.7%.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Update

6/23/2007 07:22:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


June 23, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have released more information on their upcoming releases for 2007. They have released teaser blurbs for Son of the Dragon,AbsolutionThe Mind's Eye, and The Girl Who Never Was.

Also released is the cover for Human Resources Part 2, the final release in the McGann BBC7 series.
Son of the Dragon (September)

I am Prince Vlad III - son of Vlad the Great, and sovereign and ruler of Ungro-Walachia and the duchies of Amlas and Fagaras.

But since my father's murder, I have had another name.

I am Dracula.

(Features the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem)

Absolution (October)

Confession. Penance. Absolution.

The Tardis breaks down in a forbidden sector of space. Ghostly voices cry out for salvation and only C'rizz, the Doctor's Eutermesan companion, can answer their call - for only he knows the secret of the Absolver. But will he use it to rescue his friends or save the universe?

The Doctor's sins are catching up with him and the infernal beast Borarus is hungry. Time is running out and Judgement Day is at hand.

Welcome to Hell.

(Features the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C'rizz)

The Mind's Eye (November)

This is a warning to all space farers. You must keep away from this planet. It’s hostile, repeat, hostile.

On a planet with no name, the Doctor finds himself confronted by a faulty memory and some killer plants.

In a distant galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire.

Back on Earth, Peri tells her son about the good old days when she used to travel with a man called The Doctor.

(Features the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem)

The Girl Who Never Was (December)

'Dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot. Someone's listening. Somewhere.'

A ghost ship. A girl with no memory, adrift in time. An old enemy. This could be Charlotte Pollard's finest hour - or her last.

Set course for Singapore, 1931. Journey's end.

(Features the Eighth Doctor and Charley)

Bookmark and Share The Sound of Drums Press

6/22/2007 07:23:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe


June 22, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
Britain's newspapers and blogs are beating the drums for The Sound of Drums.The Stage's blog calls the episode "a bonkers, brilliant beginning of the end for the third series of Doctor Who." Saturday's Times squeezes in three Doctor Who references: first, a preview of the episode in TV Choice says, "The second part of this fiendishly involved story by Russell T. Davies involves John Simmmasquerading as the Prime Minister. His style is presidential and he treats the Cabinet with contempt. His policies may lack substance, but everyone voted for him because, as Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) says: "He always sounded good - like you could trust him." Second, an article in the main section of the paper discusses the Vote Saxon campaign and outlines Mr. Saxon's electoral manifesto. And finally, Caitlin Moran puts things into perspective by pointing out that Britain will be saying farewell to Tony Blair this week and to Doctor Who next week: "Obviously we know which is the more significant - is the Prime Minister on the cover of the Daily Mirror’s We Love Telly supplement? Hashe ever killed a Dalek? Considered in this light - which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the right light - it seems amazing that Channel 4 Newshas even mentioned Blair’s resignation."

Thanks to "springyrice" and "PolyG" of the Outpost Gallifrey Forum.

Bookmark and Share Tennant 'In Stitches'

6/22/2007 07:23:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 22, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
David Tennant is to feature in Cross Stitcher magazine's Stitch A Star, which shows how to create embroidered portraits of celebrities.

Christopher Eccleston was in the Future publication's hall of fame previously.

Tennant appears in issue 189 of the magazine, which goes on sale on Thursday, June 28.

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6/20/2007 07:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out on Thursday 28th June, comes with two alternative covers depicting television's Number One villain - The Master (see a preview of the covers below). Choose between Derek Jacobi andJohn Simm, both of whom speak exclusively to the Magazine about breathing new life into the Doctor's old nemesis...

"I've tried to explain to my son that his dad is going to be, like, the epitome of evil," John Simm laughs, "but if I say, 'I have a fight with Doctor Who,' and ask him who he wants to win, he'll say Doctor Who! It's one of those opportunities, though, to impress your son in a massive way, and that was just too good to turn down. Julie Gardner was trying to find something for me to do in it, and I kept saying, 'Look, I'm not being painted blue!' And then Julie and Russell T Davies said, 'What about the Master?' As soon as they said that, I was like, 'You're kidding? Oh yeah!' I got really excited about it, but I just had to sit on the news. I wanted to tell people, 'I'M GOING TO BE THE MASTER!!!' But it was a secret. Hmft."

Also this issue, there's a preview of the devastating climax to Series Three, Last of the Time Lords, as the Doctor, Martha and Jack struggle to save the Earth from the Master's clutches.

Plus showrunner Russell T Davies tells the story of how he resurrected the Master ("Did you hear me say that I didn't like the Master, and didn't want him back? Well, I was lying!") and DWM visits a haunted house to find out how Blinkwas brought to our screens. Meanwhile, there's a look at the darker side of the Doctor's nature, as we wonder whether his punishment of the Family of Blood is a sign of things to come... Oh, and we go all Smash Hits as we speak to top pop group McFly (honestly!) and look back at Doctor Who's many celebrity cameos. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Martha uncover the secret of the High Goliax in the conclusion of our comic strip adventure, The Woman Who Sold the World.

There is also Production Notes from writer Steven Moffat, a Matrix Data Bank where three defeated villains face the wrath of Sir Alan Sugar, the results of the 2006 Off the Shelf Awards, and a visit to Sea Base Four for those creatures of the inkiest depths, The Time Team. Not to mention the usual audio and DVD previews, reviews of the latest episodes and the newest merchandise, and more exclusive news hotfoot from BBC Wales.

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6/20/2007 07:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final official figures published by BARB give Episode 10, Blink a rating of6.62 million viewers.

The programme was the 7th most watched on BBC1 and the 16thmost watched programme on British television for the week.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat had an official rating of 0.75 millionviewers. It was the second most viewed programme on the channel for the week, and the 6th on all multichannel television.

Saturday's Doctor Who Confidential got a rating of 0.69 million and was the 10th most watched programme of the week.

Top Twenty Programmes (W/E 10 June 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.09 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.91 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 8.86 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.85 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.77 - BBC1
6 CORONATION STREET (SUN 2002) - 8.66 - ITV1
7 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 8.55 - BBC1
8 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2202) - 8.28 - BBC1
9 NEW TRICKS (MON 2101) - 7.13 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 6.90 - BBC1
11 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 6.89 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 6.84 - ITV1
13 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2003) - 6.80 - BBC1
14 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2032) - 6.73 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 6.64 - ITV1
16 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1909) - 6.62 - BBC1
17 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2101) - 6.60 - BBC1
18 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.43 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 6.34 - ITV1
20 CASUALTY (SAT 2112) - 6.32 - BBC1

Multichannel Top Twenty

1 INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LIVE (Wed 1911) 1,583,000 - Sky Sports
2 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,218,000 - ITV2
3 EASTENDERS (Tue 2201) 1,089,000 - BBC3
4 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sat 2225) 924,000 - ITV2
5 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1833) 770,000 - Sky 1
6 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 752,000 - BBC3
7 60 SECONDS (Tue 2159) 718,000 - BBC3
8 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2102) 708,000 - E4
9 BIG BROTHER'S BIG MOUTH (Tue 2305) 696,000 - E4
10 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1954) 686,000 - BBC3
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 628,000 - Five Life
12 BIG BROTHER'S LITTLE BROTHER (Thu 1932) 625,000 - E4
13 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sun 2159) 621,000 - ITV2
14 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 617,000 - Five Life
15 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 614,000 - E4
16 FILM: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Mon 2152) 576,000 ITV2
17 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 569,000 Five Life
18 FILM: RAMBO FIRST BLOOD (Sat 2143) 567,000 BBC3
19 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 561,000 E4
20 FILM: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Mon 2105) 560,000 ITV2


Source BARB

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6/20/2007 07:24:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


June 20, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.co.uk has listed four Sarah Jane Adventures novels to be released on November 1st, 2007. The first is a novelisation of Invasion of the Bane. Further information on the remaining titles is not available at this time.

Thanks to Kieran Seymour for the information.

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6/19/2007 07:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Sci-Fi channel in the USA has announced its schedule for July 6th, the start of its transmission of Season Three.

The Runaway Bride debuts at 8pm and is immediately followed by Smith and Jones at9.30pm. Both programmes are repeated starting at 11.30pm.

The premieres come after a day of Doctor Who on the channel, with Season Two episodes being shown from 6am until 4pm.

Thanks to Tim Brewer

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 32

6/19/2007 07:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures this month prepares you for the last two episodes of the current series with a look at the mysterious Mr Saxon.

There's also a fact file about Captain Jack Harkness where you can discover lots of secrets about the ex-Time Agent.

Also in the issue there's a pull-out guide to the Family's servants - the scary scarecrows. Plus the Lazarus monster features in Tales from the TARDIS and you can learn how to make a Dalek Sec Hybrid head!

In the comic strip there is part one of a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Martha. In Minus Seven Wonders, something very strange is happening to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The adventure guide takes a trip to the 1930s for a look at Daleks in Manhattan and heads to New York with the Doctor Who Confidential team.

Plus meet Team TARDIS and Team Time Lord from Totally Doctor Who.

The magazine has new posters of the Weeping Angels as well as the Doctor, Martha and the Daleks.

The issue comes with two free gifts, a pair of squirty Doctor's glasses and a free set of Cyberman stickers.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 32, is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 21 June.

Bookmark and Share Magazine Cover

6/19/2007 07:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This weeks TV and Satellite Week features John Simm as Mr Saxon on the cover, backed by the TARDIS crew.

Inside Simm talks about his new role in the series. There is a link to the interview here but beware, it contains a major spoiler for those who haven't yet seen Utopia.

Bookmark and Share James Marsters in Torchwood

6/19/2007 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

American actor and musician, James Marsters has been signed up for a guest appearance in Series Two of Torchwood

Marsters has previously played Spike in the American series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as appearing in Smallville playing Dr. Milton Fine.

Marsters is also an acclaimed musician having played in bands and solo in bars and clubs for many years and he was the lead singer for the rock band Ghost of the Robot.

The appearance in Torchwood was revealed on the website James Marsters Live. The site also announced that Marsters will be playing a one-off concert in Cardiff on Saturday, July 21.

He will be appearing at The Point in Mount Stuart Square. Tickets are now on sale.

Thanks to Matthew See and others

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Storybook 2008

6/19/2007 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Following the report on Outpost Gallifrey in May, Panini Books have confirmed details of the 2008 Doctor Who Storybook.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Martha to previously unexplored corners of the universe in this new selection of adventures, full of danger, excitement and fun - and all lavishly illustrated in full colour!

You can join them as they dodge bionic tortoises on a futuristic planet, help an ordinary boy save Christmas by bringing his imagination to life, battle shadowy creatures aboard a giant space station, explore a beautiful undersea paradise with a dark secret, and travel back in time to save a motel from rampaging zombies! Sometimes silly, sometimes scary, always thrilling, these new adventures in time and space will delight fans of all ages!

Containing eight action-packed stories, including writers from the TV series itself:

  • Cats and Dogs by Tom MacRae (writer of TV episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel)
  • The Body Bank by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code and Attack of the Graske)
  • The Box Under the Tree by Robert Shearman (Dalek)
  • Zombie Motel by Paul Magrs (acclaimed fantasy author)
  • The Iron Circle by Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen)
  • Kiss of Life by Justin Richards (editor of BBC Books’ Doctor Who range)
  • Deep Water by Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator)

Plus a new comic strip, Sunscreen by Jonathan Morris, and A Letter from the Doctor – as told to showrunner Russell T Davies!

Featuring new illustrations from Brian Williamson, Andy Walker, Martin Geraghty, Adrian Salmon, Ben Willsher, Daniel McDaid and David A Roach, and a new cover painting from Alister Pearson.

The Doctor Who Storybook 2008 is released in August 2007.

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6/19/2007 07:28:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


June 19, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have announced the winners of the Big Finish Short Story Contest. Michael Coen's What I Did On My Holidays has won the competition, aimed at previously unpublished new writers. The story - which features the second Doctor and his friends Jamie and Zoe - will be published in theDefining Patternsanthology in September of this year.

Norman's homework worries his teacher. Instead of a trip to the beach or the zoo, it's about meeting a man from the future. Norman of course knows better than to talk to strange men, but this is his own grown-up self. Surely he can't mean any harm... Can he?

"It's a lively, funny and strangely moving story," enthuses chief-judge Simon Guerrier. "Michael keeps you guessing all the way along. And, very importantly, he's really brings the second Doctor to life."

"To have actually won the competition is a huge surprise and an absolute delight," says Michael. "I can't wait to see my story in print and I'm also looking forward to reading the stories from other entrants, which I'm sure are equally deserving."

"We had an incredibly strong shortlist of the best 25 entries," explains Guerrier. "Defining Patterns will see Michael's story published alongside many established and well-known writers. But we felt our shortlist was of such quality that it deserved a whole book of its own."

This special anthology, deftly titled How The Doctor Changed My Life, will be published in late 2008. The 24 runners up are:

Violet Addison; Steven Alexander; Mike Amberry; Arnold T Blumberg; Anna Bratton; John Callaghan; Dann Chinn; Stephen Dunn; Richard Goff; Peter Hallbright; Tim Lambert; JR Loflin; Nick May; James C McFetridge; Simon Moore; Michael Montoure; LM Myles; Einar Olgeirsson; Bernard O'Toole; Andrew K Purvis; Michael Rees; Mark Smith; Chris Wing; Caleb Woodbridge.

Simon Guerrier has provided Outpost Gallifrey with some general feedback for contest entrants, which can be viewed by clicking the Spoiler link below, or viewed in our forum.

What follows are some common things I saw in the more than 1,000 stories we received. They're not necessarily things that people got 'wrong', but pointers that (I hope) might improve your next piece of writing.

These notes will not cure baldness or veruccas. Reading them won't automatically get your Doctor Who stories published, nor will they magically transform you into a professional writer. That takes practice and perseverance (well, not the baldness and veruccas). If you really want to write, you've probably got more rejections to come - I'm still collecting them, anyway.

These notes aren't rules or laws of physics. Others might disagree with any or all of them. I probably ignore at least some of them in my own published Doctor Who stories. Remember: these are the irrational prejudices of one crabby old editor, too dim to see the shiny brilliance of your story.

You may even feel having read the notes that your story did everything right. That just means we preferred other stories over yours. I said we were dim.

Please don't send us a revised version of your story. Big Finish simply don't have the time to read them. We're a small company and we've only limited resources. I was employed as a freelancer to read the competition entries, and now I'm off to do other things.

I don't know whether we'll run another competition like this one. It's been a huge success, but also entailed a great deal of time and effort on our part. The final decision isn't up to me, though, and if something like this happens again, I think it is somebody else's turn to run it. If that's the case, there'll be announcements - so keep an eye on www.bigfinish.com.

Lastly, some recommended reading. The Writers and Artists' Handbook is a must for anyone serious about this sort of thing. I'd also recommend William Goldman's Which Lie Did I Tell? and Robert McKee's Story. They're both about writing screenplays but a lot of the advice applies generally. (I was recommended Story in a letter rejecting an idea for a Doctor Who novel.)

The Turkey City Lexicon will help you spot and eliminate science-fiction clichés in your writing. The BBC's writersroom is full of useful advice, too. And here at Outpost Gallifrey's Mythmakers forum you can compare your stories and swap feedback with other competition entrants. Right then...

1. Classic Doctors...
There were only a few of these, but we had to disqualify stories with the ninth or tenth Doctors, Daleks, Cybermen, Rose, Grace Holloway, psychic paper, the Time War, etc. We don't have a licence for these things. No matter how brilliant your story, if your story depended on any of these there was no way you could win.

(We can't even include references to these things either - but in most cases such mentionings could have been removed easily.)

2. ...Brand new adventures
Some stories depended too much on stuff from previous Doctor Who stories. Some were even direct sequels. Often, without these recycled continuity elements, there wouldn't have been any story.

3. The plotters
Some stories didn't have enough of a plot. Although a single conversation or moment can give insight into character, we still need a story to drive it. The Doctor and companion discuss their favourite movies: no. The Doctor and companion discuss their favourite movies while on the run from some robot monsters: yes!

Taking those last two points together, there was one plot we saw a lot of: the Doctor sees some children playing. When he then sees their mother, she's his granddaughter Susan. The end.

That's not so much a story as a scene. Much better if when he sees the children, they're being attacked by a monster and he has to save them.

No, wait - even better! He charges in to save these poor children but they don't need his help. These kids are brilliant, and the monster's fallen into their trap. In fact, they have to save the Doctor. He's a bit shaken by all this, so they take him home for tea. And that's when he sees who their mum is!

Same idea, but now it's a story. (What do you mean, "corny"?)

4. A family show
Like not using new series stuff, we're not able to publish stories which feature swearing, sex and/or gratuitous violence. You don't have to write specifically for children, but you shouldn't exclude them, either.

5. Did the Doctor change my life?
We needed to see people affected by their encounters with the Doctor. In some stories, events would have turned out more or less the same if the Doctor hadn't been involved. In other stories, the Doctor stopped a monster or brought down a dictator, but we didn't get an insight into how life was then different - usually because these stories weren't told from one person's point of view.

6. A strong central idea
A simple, clever premise helped to make the 25 stories on our shortlist stand out. They were each easily memorable as "the one with...". Some stories just felt a bit generic - the Doctor presses some buttons and so sees off a monster.

7. In the telling
With so many entries, it wasn't enough for your prose just to be okay. Your story had to engage us immediately, then keep us hooked right up to the end. That magic spell can be broken by clumsy grammar and punctuation, by overly long sentences (especially when it's the very first one!), by overwrought or clichéd imagery, and by using too many adjectives. Some stories felt as if the authors were trying too hard to impress us (and so failed to do so). Much better to keep things simple.

8. Oomf from the get-go
There's a difference between the suspense of waiting for something to happen, and getting bored waiting for anything to happen. Some stories felt like they were just setting up a single, climactic ending. One way out of this: start with your brilliant climax, and then work upwards from there.

9. Lists
Descriptions shouldn't hold up the telling. We don't need to know every detail of what someone's wearing or what objects are in a room. We just need enough of a glimpse to know where we are.

10. I am the Doctor
In some stories it was difficult to tell which Doctor was involved. Sometimes a Doctor would be physically described as, for example, the second Doctor, but would behave and sound like the sixth. This was also sometimes true of the companions.

11. Waving not drowning
Doctor Who doesn't have to be all sunshine and fluffy bunnies, but it is a fun and lively show and the Doctor's a funny bloke. A sense of humour can also give depth to a scary or downbeat story. The Doctor ruining people's lives and driving them to suicide doesn't really match the feel of the series.

12. In the frame
Some stories used interesting and innovative framing devices which helped to hook the reader, before the "real" story was told. Often, though, these "real" stories weren't nearly so interesting.

13. Research
Some stories got their continuity wrong, or told stories that had been done before in books or comics or audio plays. And most galling of all: one or two stories were too like forthcoming stories... Annoyingly, there's nothing you can do about that. I've done it many times myself.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who audiobooks

6/19/2007 07:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Audiobooks have released details of their next three Storybooks due to be released on 2 July 2007.

The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner.

Civilisations rise and fall, time moves on - and species die out. Extinction is a fact of life in the universe. But extinction doesn't have to be for ever. The TARDIS arrives in the Museum of the Last Ones - a facility dedicated to preserving the final specimens of every species in the universe. But all is not well, and before long the Doctor and Martha are in deep trouble.
How will Martha react to the stasis cabinets and preservation techniques? What will happen if – and when – the stasis fields break down and the specimens escape? And how will the Curator of the Museum react to the arrival of the last surviving Time Lord?

Abridged reading by Freema Agyeman.

Wooden Heart by Martin Day.

The Castor, a vast starship, seemingly deserted, spinning slowly in the void of deep space. Martha and the Doctor explore the drifting tomb, and discover that they may not be alone after all...Who survived the disaster that overcame the rest of the crew? What continues to power the vessel? And why has a stretch of wooded countryside suddenly appeared in the middle of the craft? As the Doctor and Martha journey through the forest, they find a mysterious, fogbound village - a village traumatised by missing children and tales of its own destruction...

Read by Adjoa Andoh (who plays Francine Jones in the TV series).

Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole

The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster. The search is on for the elusive 'Beast of Westmorland', and explorers, naturalists and hunters from across the country are descending on the fells. King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast. But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage, and the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old and terrifying enemy. And as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins - with the future of the entire world at stake...

Abridged reading by Reggie Yates (Leo Jones in the TV series).

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6/19/2007 07:27:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

ScoreNotes.com, a website dedicated to the appreciation and respect for the music soundtrack industry, has placed online an interview with Doctor Who composer Murray Gold.

The 18 minute interview is available as a Real Audio file or an MP3 file.

Bookmark and Share WETA Collectibles Goes Behind the Sofa...

6/19/2007 07:27:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


June 19, 2007 • Posted By Michael Regina
Interesting news from the land of kiwis and sheep: the craftsmen extraordinaire atWETA Collectibles have let word slip online that a Doctor Who brand of merchandise may soon become available.

Simply click on over to the WETA Holics section to find the teaser..with a promise of 'More information available in time'.

Speculation is mounting over on their forums as well.

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6/19/2007 07:26:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler


June 19, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
UK freebie newspaper Metro today features Freema Agyeman in their 60 Second Interview. Freema talks candidly (and quickly!) about attending Star Trek conventions, working at Blockbuster, having an action figure of herself, and getting attacked by her hamsters!

Read the interview here.

Bookmark and Share Utopia - AI Figure and Sunday Ratings

6/18/2007 07:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode 11, Utopia, achieved an Appreciation Index score of 87making it the joint most appreciated programme of Saturday.

It was five points clear of any programme on BBC1 or ITV1. Only Channel5's NCISgot a similar result, albeit with a much lower audience rating.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat got an audience of 0.78 millionviewers. The programme regained its place as the most watched multichannel programme of the day, beating Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 and The Simpsons on Sky One. The programme had a 3.9% share of the multichannel audience.

Doctor Who Confidential got an overnight figure of 0.51 million, which was a2.4% Share.

On the main five channels, Britain's Got Talent - The Live Final achieved a massive 11 million rating on Sunday night, pushing Doctor Who down to 15th in the week's top programmes.

Official figures will be released by BARB in about nine days time.